BreathStars is an experimental project originally funded by Salford Clinical Commissioning Group (NHS) and the National Lottery. It tests if singing helps the breathing of children with asthma.
It is a partnership approach between Brightness Management Limited, the organisation that designed BreathChamps and BreathStars and Unlimited Potential, a successful social enterprise based in Salford.
We engage a professional music therapist to help us, with musical advice, help and support from the Halle Orchestra. We also play games and tell stories to improve asthma knowledge in fun and memorable ways.
Most of the evidence for singing for lung health comes from adults with chronic lung disease. As yet there is little evidence in children with asthma, so our work is focused on testing ideas to see if they help children with asthma and their families.
Our first test of change started a year ago in Little Hulton and North Walkden (Salford) and ran for 9 months, where 4-6 families singing together. A highlight for us was when Salford University, our external evaluation partner (download the report from here) confirmed that families were saying that children were breathing better and using their reliever inhalers less.
We are currently working with Bay Health and Care Partners (the NHS and its partners in Morecambe Bay) and Salford Clinical Commissioning Group (the NHS in Salford) to teach singing for breathing techniques to other organisations.
We are now thinking of developing BreathStars as a social franchise so music organisations can have a licence from us to train others in singing for lung health techniques to defined standards.
Click HERE to see a short video of BreathStars recorded in Little Hulton, Salford.
Click HERE to download the external academic evaluation of BreathStars, completed by the University of Salford
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